Gov. DeWine holds first-ever evening COVID-19 briefing to address recent increase in cases

DeWine Statewide Address
Posted at 4:26 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 18:53:06-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine will hold a statewide address on COVID-19 Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., the first time such a briefing has been held in the evening, as coronavirus cases across the state continue to surge above levels in previous weeks, and hospitalizations, a lagging indicator, begin to spike.

Read our complete story on the rare evening address and watch it in its entirety here.

DeWine canceled his scheduled 2 p.m. briefing on Tuesday, just hours before it was set to begin. In a tweet on Wednesday, DeWine said he will address residents on the current state of the pandemic and the recent increases in cases and virus spread at today's briefing.

This briefing comes after the Ohio Department of Health reported 1,316 new cases on Wednesday, which is higher than the 21-day average of 1,074.

Hospitalizations rose significantly, with 160 new hospitalizations reported Wednesday. The current 21-day average for hospitalizations sits at 84 cases.

Earlier this month, Gov. DeWine and the state government established the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, a color-coded system showing the county-by-county COVID-19 risk based on seven metrics. There are four levels of risk, with Level 4 being the most severe.

Shortly after introducing the system, Gov. DeWine and the ODH issued a public health order mandating masks, social distancing and other measures to prevent the spread of the disease in all counties that are Level 3 or above. Currently, several local counties are "red" Level 3: Cuyahoga, Summit, Lorain and Trumbull, and masks are mandated in indoor public spaces.

RELATED: Summit, Lorain counties now at Level 3 COVID-19 risk, Cuyahoga Co. approaching Level 4

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